Reliability of ice-core science

Historical insights

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Abstract

Ice cores are remarkably faithful recorders of past climate, providing multiply duplicated reconstructions with small and quantifiable uncertainties. Ice-core reconstructions in general do not rely on assumed quantitative time-invariance of empirical calibrations between climate and sedimentary characteristics, but instead rely on assuming little more than the constancy of physical law over time. The history of some of the discoveries that allow these ice-core climatic reconstructions is instructive for students, citizens and policymakers. Much important ice-core science was published in the Journal of Glaciology and the Annals of Glaciology, with scientific impacts much larger than indicated by mere citation counts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1095-1103
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Glaciology
Volume56
Issue number200
StatePublished - Feb 1 2011

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Reliability of ice-core science : Historical insights. / Alley, Richard B.

In: Journal of Glaciology, Vol. 56, No. 200, 01.02.2011, p. 1095-1103.

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